On Tuesday, August 3, a citizens’ initiative to promote more humane treatment of dogs in Missouri’s large-scale commercial dog kennels was certified by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. This means that the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will appear on the state’s November ballot as "Proposition B."
"We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming showing of support for this initiative,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “If passed by voters in November, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will improve the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of dogs in Missouri's commercial kennels, and hopefully set a precedent for other states.”
More than 190,000 signatures were submitted in May to the Secretary of State’s office to qualify the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act for the statewide ballot. (See our April blog report from St. Louis to see some of the work that went into processing the signatures.) The ASPCA would like to thank the Missouri members of our Advocacy Brigade, the hundreds of grassroots volunteers across the state who propelled the campaign to success in signature gathering, and the tens of thousands of Missourians who showed their support for the humane treatment of dogs.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will improve the lives of dogs by requiring large-scale breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with such basics as sufficient food and clean water, necessary veterinary care, adequate housing and space, as well as access to regular exercise. Lawmakers in Iowa and Oklahoma enacted puppy mill legislation in those states earlier this year—after Missouri, they are the two largest dog-breeding states in the nation. In 2009, 10 states approved legislation to address puppy mill problems.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs is comprised of the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, and is backed by veterinarians, businesses, animal welfare organizations and thousands of individuals. Details on the ballot initiative are available at missourifordogs.com.
*Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer